Once you have made the decision to get clean and sober, rehab will be your next step. You may decide to choose an outpatient program, or you may want to stay in an inpatient program for a month or more. Whatever you choose, it is just important to take the proper steps to get sober. When you are ready to move on from a stay in a rehab facility, you may want to consider a sober living home. If you do, you will have to abide by certain rules while you are there. If you are wondering how to do your chores well enough while you are in a sober living facility, read on to learn more.
What is a Sober Living Facility?
Not everyone wants to go straight back to where they were once they finish a rehab stint, especially when they were in an inpatient facility. If you feel as though you need extra help even after your program, a sober living facility will be the next best thing. Sober living homes are for recovering addicts who are done with rehab but still need structure and therapy in their day-to-day lives. You’ll be able to work and go to school while in a sober living home, but you will have to adhere to some rules. While these homes are not as strict as a rehab, they’re still more structured than the average home life. The rehab you use can help you find a sober living home to join once your program is over. It’s important to find one that works for you, so discuss your needs with your therapist first.
What Will They Expect of Me?
When you are in a sober living home, the staff will expect you to follow some rules. This means no drugs or alcohol of any kind will be allowed on the premises. You’ll likely attend meetings with the rest of the residents daily or weekly, and you will be asked to contribute to the household. This means a list of chores you will be required to do during your stay. It’s important to follow the rules of the home specifically so that you are able to stay as long as you need to. These rules and chores are in place to make sure the facility runs as smoothly as possible.
Your Chores – Doing Them to the Best of Your Ability
It’s understandable that you may have some trouble doing chores that you are not used to doing. However, you can talk to the owner or manager of the sober living home to come up with a plan that works well for you. They can take into consideration your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to cleaning up, and they may be able to give you chores that you can easily manage. However, you will have to make sure you are up-to-speed with everything while you are a resident there.
One chore that most residents are assigned will be to take care of the rooms they are sleeping in. You’ll want to make sure you clean up any garbage you make and get rid of it promptly. Don’t let garbage collect in your room, especially food, as it can start to smell. You’ll also want to make sure that you always clean your private bathroom, if you have one. Always sweep, vacuum, and mop your floors. Do your laundry promptly to keep clothes from piling up. Dust and polish any furniture you have. It’s important to keep up your bedroom chores every day. You don’t want them to pile up!
If you are doing chores throughout the home, always do them when you are supposed to. Make your chores a priority over everything else. If you have to get up early or stay up a little later to do them, so be it. You’ll show how serious you are by taking the time to do your chores when and how they should be done. If you are in doubt about what you should be doing-ASK! Don’t continue to ignore a chore or do it wrong because you aren’t sure what you are doing.
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When you are ready to change to a life of sobriety, we are here to help you every step of the way. Our staff is here and ready to help you on this difficult journey to sobriety this very minute. You can reach us at 732-392-7311 to learn more.